Location: Roosevelt National Forest, north-central Colorado
Maps: USGS 7.5' Quad: Chambers Lake, Boston Peak; Trails Illustrated 1:40K: Cameron Pass #112
Access: From Ted's Place at the entrance to Poudre Canyon, drive about 53 miles west on HWY 14 to the Laramie River Rd, 2 miles west of the Big South TH. Go north for about 3 miles to the first parking area on the right.
Trails: Easy 4-mile one way trail to East Twin Lake with almost no elevation gain. Be watchful for the branch to East Twin Lake. It is not marked and is often overgrown with grass. If you miss it and find yourself at the lily-pad covered West Twin Lake, just walk to the SE and you will find East Twin Lake without too much trouble, as it is only about 1/4 mile away.
Trailhead: NAD83 zone 13 427999e 4495917n Elev: 9347'
Dog Regulations: Voice control
Weather: Current and recent conditions from the NOAA Local Forecast from the NWS
East Twin Lake is located in Roosovelt National Forest near the Rawah Wilderness.
It lies about 4 miles from the trailhead and is my favorite camping location in the area.
A story in the Fort Collins Coloradoan described an incident which took place at this lake: a female moose, apparently defending her calf, chased congressmen Bob Schaffer (R-CO) for 45 minutes through the woods. That's the line. I personally think the moose had learned about Bob Schaffer's support of oil exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, or offshore drilling in California, or his support of a reduction in energy efficiency standards for homes. Maybe the moose learned about his desire to see Clinton's National Monument designations repealed, or perhaps the moose was privy to Bob Schaffer's approval of the delay in implementing snowmobile bans in National Parks, or maybe...ah, heck. You know the rest.
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Updated December 18, 2001